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Seasonal Selection Box Vol. 1

Stir-Up Sunday to New Year

Includes 16 Pages of Illustrated Booklet Notes

A winter festival is enshrined in almost all cultures that have a winter. It is no surprise that these festivals generally take place in December. Santa/Father Christmas is one of the oldest figures in the celebrations. So much could be written about winter festivals and the development of Christmas that it would warrant a book so here we have to content ourselves with the songs that give us an aural hint at the traditions we have carried with us from the dawn of time and that have spread around the world.


We start with November’s Stir Up Sunday and finish with the strains of Auld Lang Syne as the old year passes away. Volume 2 will see us through to February’s Mardi Gras when the winter festival is at an end and the light is back. We hope you will enjoy our selection which features seasonal songs and melodies from around the world from such artists as Jean Ritchie, Fresh Creek Dance Band, Leocadio Vizcarrondo and his Assembly, Bob Atcher & The Dinning Sisters,Fiddlin’ John Carson And His Virginia Reelers, Jimmy Shand and his Band and many more.

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Blues, Blues Christmas
Volume 1

Double CD

20 Page full colour illustrated booklet with detailed discography.

Informative booklet notes by Geoff Harris of the ‘Big Road Blues Show’ WGMC Jazz90.1 sundayblues.org

Disc 1

1. Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn

Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon and Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers:

Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon, vocal; accompanied by Punch Miller, cornet; unknown, brass bass;

unknown, piano; unknown, banjo; unknown vocal group.

  2. Christmas Morning Blues

Titus Turner with Danny Kessler Orchestra:

Titus Turner, vocal with unknown trumpet; alto sax; baritone sax; piano; guitar; bass; drums.

  3. Hep Cat's Holiday

The Cats & The Fiddle:

Herbie Miles, vocal / possibly tenor guitar; Chuck Barksdale, bass; Ernie Price, poss. ukulele; Austin Powell, guitar.

4. Christmas Blues

Ralph Willis (as by Washboard Pete):

vocal/guitar; Pete Sanders, washboard

5. Junior's A Jap Girl's Christmas For His Santa Claus

Willie Blackwell

vocal/guitar; William Brown, guitar.

  6. Papa Ain't No Santa Claus

Butterbeans & Susie

Butterbean & Susie, vocal; Eddie Heywood, piano.

  7. Trim Your Tree

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler, vocal; unknown, tenor sax; piano; guitar; bass; drums.

8. Christmas Blues

“Gatemouth” Moore

“Gatemouth” Moore, vocal; Russell Royster, trumpet; Herman Flintsall, alto sax; John Hardee, tenor sax; Sam Benskin, piano / celeste; Tiny Grimes, guitar; Al “Junior” Raglin, bass; Eddie Nicholson, drums.

  9. Bring That Cadillac Back

Harry Crafton with Doc Bagby’s Orchestra

Harry Crafton, vocal/guitar; unknown tenor sax; Doc Bagby, piano; unknown, bass; drums.

10. Christmas Man Blues

Bertha “Chippie” Hill

Bertha "Chippie" Hill, vocal; acc. Georgia Tom, piano; Tampa Red, guitar.

11. Hello Santa Claus

Cecil Gant

Cecil Gant, vocal/piano with 2 unknown guitars

12. Christmas And No Santa Claus

Bumble Bee Slim

Bumble Bee Slim, vocal; acc. Honey Hill, piano; Bill Gaither, guitar.

13. Love For Christmas

Felix Gross & His Orchestra

Felix Gross, vocal; Joe Howard, tenor sax; Tiny Grimes, guitar; Minor Robinson, drums; Doug Byers, Adam Green, Albert Elam, Joe Stone, Rolf Beleman, unknown instruments.

14. Happy New Year Darling

Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson, vocal/guitar; Simeon Hatch, piano; unknown, guitar; Paul Parks, bass; Nelson Burton, drums.

15. Christmas & New Year's Blues

Tampa Red

Tampa Red, vocal/guitar; Henry “45” Scott, piano.

16 Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby 

Amos Milburn

Amos Milburn, vocal/piano; with Don Wilkerson, Billy Smith tenor sax; Willie Simpson, Jr., baritone sax; Johnny Brown, guitar; Harper Cosby, banjo; Calvin Vaughan, drums.

17. Christmas Spirit

Julia Lee And Her Boy Friends

Julia Lee, vocal/piano; Geechie Smith, trumpet; Benny Carter, alto sax; Dave Cavanaugh, tenor sax; Jack Marshall, guitar; Billy Hadnott, bass; Sam “Baby” Lovett, drums.

18. At The Christmas Ball

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith, vocal; Shelton Hemphill, clarinet; Fred Longshaw, piano.

19. How Will You Spend Christmas

Rev. A.W. Nix

Rev. A.W. Nix, sermons and singing with Congregation

20. Xmas Blues

Harmon Ray

Harman “Peetie Wheatstraw” Ray (Harmon Ray), vocal; Eddie Boyd, piano.

21. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues)

Jimmy Witherspoon

Jimmy Witherspoon, vocal; Forrest Powell, trumpet; Frank Sleet, alto sax; Charlie Thomas, tenor sax; Frankie Whyte, piano; Louis Speigner, guitar; Benny Booker, bass; Edward Smith drums.

22. Christmas Date Boogie

Joe Turner with Pete Johnson & His Orchestra

Joe Turner, vocal; James Ross, Art Farmer, trumpets; Frank Sleet, alto sax; Pete Peterson, tenor sax; Milburn Newman, bass sax; Pete Johnson, piano; Addison Farmer, bass; Robert Brady, drums.

23. Christmas Boogie

Sugar Chile Robinson

Frankie “Sugar Chile” Robinson, piano, vocal; James Richardson, bass; Red Saunders, drums.

24. The Christmas Song

Leadbelly

Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly), vocal/guitar

25. Happy New Year

Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins

As “Lightening” Hopkins, vocal guitar; Donald Cooks, bass; Connie Kroll, drums.

26. The Wrong Way To Celebrate Xmas

Rev. Edward Clayborn

Rev. Edward Clayborn, Vocal / guitar

Disc 2

27. Santa Claus

Bo Carter

Bo Carter, vocal/guitar

28. Christmas Time (Beggin’ Santa Claus)

Black Ace

Black Ace (Buck Turner), vocal / steel guitar; probably Smokey Hogg, 2nd guitar

29. Happy New Year Blues

Mary Harris

Mary Harris, vocal; acc. Peetie Wheatstraw, piano; Charley Jordan, guitar

30. Christmas Christmas Blues

Charlie Jordan

Charley Jordan (as by Charlie Jordan) vocal/guitar; Peetie Wheatstraw, piano.

31. Happy New Year, Baby

Johnny Otis Orchestra

Cathy Cooper, vocal; Lem Tally, vocal, bass sax; John Anderson, trumpet; George Washington, trombone; Big Jay McNeely, tenor sax; Mario Delagarde, bass.

32. Faraway Christmas Blues

Johnny Otis Congregation with Little Esther and Mel Walker

Johnny Otis, vibraphone; Little Esther, vocal; Mel Walker, vocal; probably Don Johnson / Lee Graves, trumpets; George Washington, trombone; Walter Henry, alto sax, bass sax; James Von Streeter / Lorenzo Holden, tenor saxes; Devonia Williams, piano; Pete Lewis, guitar; Mario Delagarde, bass; Leard Bell, drums.

33. Christmas Morning Blues

Sonny Boy Williamson I

Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Speckled Red, piano; prob. Willie Hatcher, mandolin; prob. Robert Lee McCoy, guitar

34. Christmas In Jail (Ain’t That A Pain)

Leroy Carr

Leroy Carr, vocal/piano; Scrapper Blackwell, guitar

35. Christmas Mornin’ Blues

Kansas City Kitty

Kansas City Kitty, vocal; acc. poss. Eddie Morgan, piano

36. Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail? 

Rev. J.M. Gates

Rev. J.M. Gates, sermons; assisted by His Congregation / by

Deacon Leon Davis and Sisters Jordan and Norman.

37. Death Might Be Your Santa Claus

Rev. J. M. Gates

Rev. J.M. Gates, sermons with singing; with His

Congregation

38. Happy New Year Blues

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson, vocal/guitar

39. New Year's Eve Blues

Smokey Hogg

Andrew “Smokey” Hogg, vocal, guitar; unknown; piano, bass, drums.

40. Christmas Blues

Larry Darnell

Larry Darnell, vocal; unknown; trumpets, alto sax, tenor sax, bass sax, piano, guitar, bass, drums.

41. When Jesus Was Born

Sons Of Heaven

Selah Jubilee Singers recorded as “Sons of Heaven”

Thermon Ruth, Alden “Allen” Bunn, leads vocals; Junius Parker, tenor; Jimmy Gorham, bass; with Alden Bunn, guitar.

42. I Want A Present For Christmas

J.B. Summers with Doc Bagby’s Orchestra

J.B. Summers, vocal; Danny Turner, alto sax; Red Prysock, tenor sax, Tiny Grimes, guitar; Harry “Doc” Bagby, piano; Laverne Baker, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums; ensemble vocal.

43. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus

Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton Orchestra

Sonny Parker, vocal.

44. New Year’s Resolution Blues

Roy Milton Solid Senders

Roy Milton, vocal, drums; Camille Howard, vocal, piano; Hosea Sapp, trumpet; Cliff Noel, alto sax; Bill Gaither, tenor sax; Johnny Rogers, guitar; Dallas Bartley, bass.

45. Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues

Sonny Boy Williamson II & His Harmonica  Houserockers

46. Let Me Hang My Stockings In Your Christmas Tree

Roosevelt Sykes

47. The Santa Claus Crave

Elzadie Robinson

48. Santa Claus Blues

Walter Davis

49. Christmas Morning Blues

Victoria Spivey

50. Christmas Time Blues

Boll Weevil (Willie McNeil

52. Empty Stocking Blues

Floyd Dixon

52. Boogie-Woogie Santa Claus

Mabel Scott with Les Welch & His Orchestra

Blues, Blues Christmas
Volume 2

Double CD

24 Page full colour illustrated booklet with detailed discography.

Informative booklet notes by Geoff Harris of the ‘Big Road Blues Show’ WGMC Jazz90.1 sundayblues.org

Disc 1

1. (Christmas) Sleigh Ride

Lloyd Glenn

Lloyd Glenn, piano; Billy Hadnott, bass; Bob Harvey, drums; Unknown, bells.

2. Christmas Eve Blues

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson, vocal, guitar.

3. When Was Jesus Born

Heavenly Gospel Singers

Roosevelt Fennoy, lead vocal; Arthur Lee ‘Bob’ Beatty, tenor vocal; Henson Massey, baritone

vocal; William bobo, bass vocal; unacompanied.

4. Santa Claus Boogie

The Voices

Robert Byrd, lead vocal; Earl Nelson, vocal; possibly Jules Castron, vocal; Unknown, piano,

bass, saxaphones, guitar, drums

5. Merry Christmas

Lightning Hopkins

Sam “Lightning” Hopkins, vocal, guitar; Donald Cooks, bass; Connie Kroll, drums.

6. Hey Santa Clause

The Moonglows

Bobby Lester, lead vocal; Alexander "Pete" Graves, vocal; Harvey Fuqua, vocal; Prentiss

Barnes, vocal; Red Holloway tenor sax; Louis Carpenter piano; Hawk Lee, bass; Hendu

Henderson, drums.

7. Lonesome Christmas - Part 1

Lowell Fulson

Lowell fulson, vocal, guitar; Earl Brown, alto sax; Lloyd Glenn, piano, celeste; Billy Hadnott, bass;

Bob Harvey, drums.

8. Lonesome Christmas Blues

Blind Blake

Blind Blake, vocal, guitar; possibly Tiny Parham or Aletha Dickerson, piano.

9. Have A Merry Christmas

The Nic Nacs with Mickey Champion Gonna

Mickey Champion lead vocal; Ty "Terrell" Leonard, vocal; Billy Richard, vocal; Roy Richard,

vocal; Bobby Nunn, vocal; Unknown, tenors, piano, guitar, bass, drums (Possibly the Johnny Otis band.

10. Christmas Morn'

Rev. Charles Watkins

Rev. Charles Watkins, vocal; Unknown, organ.

11. Xmas Celebration

Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas, vocal, guitar; lloyd Glenn, piano; Billy Hadnott, bass; Bob Harvey, drums.

12. Jingle Bells

Leo Watson with The Vic Dickenson Quintet

Leo watson, vocal; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Jellyroll Lipschitz, piano; Arvin Garrison, guitar;

Harold west, drums; Vivien Garry, drums

13. It's Christmas Time Again

Cecil Gant

Cecil Gant, vocal, piano; Unknown (two) guitars.

14. I'll Be Home For Christmas

The Pilgrim Travellers

Kylo Turner; lead vocal; Keith Barber lead vocal; Joe Johnson vocal; Willie Davis, vocal;

Rayford Taylor, bass vocal; James “Woodie” Alexander, tenor vocal; Jessie Whitaker, baritone

vocal.

15. Christmas - What Does It Mean To You?

Rev. Emmett Dickinson

Rev. Emmett dickinson, sermon; with congregation.

16. There Was No Room At The Hotel

Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers

Vocal group; accompanied (if any) unknown.

17. Silent Night, Holy Night

Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Rosetta Gospel Singers

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, vocal; Unknown vocal group; James Root Trio: unknown, celeste,

bass, drums

18. New Year's Resolution

Lil Son Jackson

“Lil’ Son” Jackson, vocal, guitar

19. Christmas Tree Blues

Verdi Lee And Charley Jordan

Verdi Lee, vocal; Charley Jordan, vocal, guitar; probably Peetie Wheatstraw, piano.

20. Merry Christmas Baby

Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra

Sonny Parker, vocal

21. It's Christmas Time

Bubber Johnson

Bubber Johnson, vocal; Unknown group.

22. Run Rudolph, Run

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, vocal, guitar; Johnny Johnson, piano; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums.

Disc Two

23. God Gave Us Christmas

Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers

Oscar McLollie, vocal; Unknown band.

24. Christmas Party Shuffle

Lowell Fulson

Lowell Fulson, guitar; Earl Brown, alto sax; Lloyd Glenn, piano, celest; Unknown, tenor sax,

baritone sax, bass, drums.

25. Winter Time Blues

Lester Williams

Lester Williams, vocal; Ike Smalley, alto sax; Ferdinand Banks, tenor sax; Johnnie Mae

Brown, piano; James Mosley, bass; L.D. Mackintosh, drums.

26. Mr. Santa Boogie

The Marshall Brothers

Maithe Marshall, vocal; Richie Cannon, vocal; Raymond Johnson, vocal; possibly Bob

Kornegay, vocal; George Kelly, tenor sax; Harold Hodges, piano; Jimmy Cannady, guitar;

George Tucker, bass; Bobby Donaldson, drums.

27. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Wings Over Jordan

Gerald Hutton, vocal; Unknown additional vocals.

28. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells

Fats Waller And His Rhythm

Herman Autry, trumpet; Gene Cedric, clarinet and tenor sax; Al Casey, guitar; Charles Turner,

bass; Slick Jones, drums.

29. Seeking for Me

Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers

Vocal group; accompanied (if any) unknown

30. My Christmas Baby

Smokey Hogg

Andrew “Smokey” Hogg, vocal, guitar; Unknown, piano, bass, drums.

31. Christmas Blues

Gatemouth Moore

Gatemouth Moore, vocal; Allen Smith, piano; willie Gaddy, guitar; Monty Morrison, drums.

32. Oh Holy Night

The Orioles

Sonny Til, lead and second tenor vocal; Alexander Sharp, first tenor vocal; George

Nelson, second lead and baritone vocal; Johnny Reed, bass, Ralph Williams, guitar

33. Go Where I Send Thee

Alphabetical Four

Male vocal quartet; accompanied, unknown, guitar; vocal effects.

34. No Christmas Blues

Mary Harris

Mary Harris, vocal; Peetie Wheatstraw, piano; Charley Jordan, guitar.

35. Merry Xmas

“Little Willie” Littlefield

“Little Willie” Littlefield, vocal, piano; Wilbert Brown, trumpet; Don Wilkerson, John Handy,

Buddy Floyd, saxes; Johnny Moore, guitar; Bill Davis, bass; Chuck thomas, drums.

36. Begin A New Life On Christmas Day - Part 1

Rev A. W. Nix

Rev. A. W. Nix, sermon; accompanied by five women.

37.  Christmas Time Blues

Casey Bill & His Orchestra

Will Weldon, vocal, steel guitar; Unknown, clarinet; possibly Joshua Altheimer, piano; possibly

Charlie McCoy, guitar; Ransom Knowling, bass.

38. (Original) Merry Christmas Baby

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

Charles Brown, vocal, piano; johnny Moore, guitar; Oscar Moore, guitar; Eddie Williams,

bass.

39. When They Ring The Golden Bell

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, vocals, guitar; Ernest Richardson, guitar; Ernie Hayes,piano; Harry

"Doc" Bagbyorgan; George Duvivier or Lloyd Trotman bass; Panama Francis, drums; The

Harmonizing Four (background vocals).

40. Silent Night Holy Night

Elkins Mixed Quartette

Vocal quartet; accompanied unknown, organ

41. Christmas Time Blues

Slim Sewrad and Fat Boy Hayes

Alex Seward, vocal, guitar; Louis “Fat Boy” Hayes, guitar.

42. Santa Claus Baby

The Voices

Robert Byrd, lead vocal; Earl Nelson, vocal; possibly Jules Castron, vocal; Unknown, piano,

bass, saxaphones, guitar, drums

43. Merry Christmas Baby

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, vocal, guitar; Johnny Johnson, piano; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums.

44. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

The Orioles

Sonny Til, lead and second tenor vocal; Alexander Sharp, first tenor vocal; George

Nelson, second lead and baritone vocal; Johnny Reed, bass, Ralph Williams, guitar.

Blues, Blues Christmas
Volume 3

Double CD

20 Page full colour illustrated booklet with detailed discography.

Informative booklet notes by Geoff Harris of the ‘Big Road Blues Show’ WGMC Jazz90.1 sundayblues.org

Disc 1

1. Christmas Is Coming

Lead Belly

Lead Belly, vocal guitar.

2. Gettin' Ready For Christmas

Rev JM Gates

Rev. J.M. Gates, sermon with singing

3. I Ain't Gonna Let You See My Santa Claus

Victoria Spivey and her Chicago Four.

Victoria Spivey, vocal; Lee Collins, trumpet; Arnett Nelson, clarinet; H.H. Shayne, piano;

John Lindsay, stand-up bass.

4. Blues For Christmas

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker, vocal, guitar; Johnny Hooks, tenor sax; Bob Thurman, piano; Tom Whitehead, drums

5. Good Morning Blues

Dee Dee Ford

Dee Dee Ford, vocal, accompanied by unknown vocal group with orchestra directed by Mort Garson

6. Jingle Jangle

The Penguins

Cleveland Duncan, lead vocal; Dexter Tisby tenor vocal, Curtis Williams bass vocal, Bruce Tate, baritone vocal; accompanied by unidentified musicians

7. The Holy Baby

Magnolia Five.

Robert Washington, tenor vocal; Kylo Turner, lead vocal; I.H. Robinson, baritone vocal; Winthrop Washington, lead vocal; unknown, bass vocal.

8. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Famous Jubilee Singers

Starling E Hatchet, lead vocal; Norton Evans, tenor vocal; Brooks Alexander, baritone vocal; Samuel Floyd, bass vocal; Mrs. James A Myers, director; unaccompanied.

9. Rock and Roll Christmas

Cordell Jackson

Cordell Jackson, vocal, guitar. Unknown, bass; Unknown, drums

10. Christmas Choo Choo Train

Coy McDaniel & Shorty Warren With the Western Rangers

Coy McDaniel vocal, poss guitar; Shorty Warren, vocal; prob. Cy Sweed, fiddle; prob Dick Richards, accordion, poss. Frank Neves, bass; poss. Slim Bland, guitar.

11. The Christmas Boogie

Davies Sisters

“Skeeter Davis” (Mary Frances Penick), vocal; Georgia Davis, vocal; Chet Atkins, guitar; George Barnes, guitar, Billy Mure, guitar; Herb Johnson, steel guitar; Charles Grean, bass; Phil Kraus, drums; Shorty Long, fiddle; Mac Ceppos, fiddle; Marty Gold, piano.

12. I Need A Man

Thelma Cooper with “Doc” Bagby and His Orchestra

Thelma Cooper, vocal; Doc Bagby, piano; unknown, tenor sax; unknown, guitar; unknown, bass; unknown, drums.

13. Christmas Time - Part 1

Jimmy McCracklin

Jimmy McCracklin, vocal; unknown, trumpet; Wiley Kizart, tenor sax; Bob Geddins Jnr.,piano; Johnny Heartsman, guitar; unknown, bass; unknown, drums.

14. Santa Claus Bring Me A New Woman

Bumble Bee Slim

Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Eaton), vocal; Honey Hill, piano; poss. Bill Gaither, guitar

15. Baby It’s Cold Outside (O) 2:42

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five

Ella Fitzgerald, vocal; Aaron Izenhall, Bob Mitchell, Harold Mitchell, trumpet; Louis Jordan, alto sax, tenor sax, vocal; Josh Jackson, tenor sax; Bill Doggett, piano; James "Ham" Jackson, electric guitar; Billy Hadnott, bass; Joe Morris, drums.

16. Christmas (Comes Once A Year)

Amos Milburn

Amos Milburn, vocal, piano; unknown guitar; unknown, bass; unknown drums; unknown, bells.

17. Christmas Tears

Freddy King

Freddy King, vocal, guitar; Sonny Thompson, piano; Fred Jordan, guitar; Bill Willis, bass; Phillip Paul, drums.

18. Santa's Helper

Jo Poovey And The Big “D” Boys

Joe Poovey, vocal; “Tex” Raye Crutsinger lead guitar; Buddy Griffin, rhythm guitar; Donald “Don” Messick, steel guitar; William “Bill” Noble, bass; William “Bill” Simmonds, piano; Harlan Powell, pipe; John “Johnny” Hicks, tuned whiskey glasses.

19. Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over

Fiddlin' John Carson & his Virginia Reelers

John Carson,fiddle; Earl Johnson, fiddle; T. M. Brewer, banjo or guitar; Moonshine Kate, banjo or guitar;

20. Jingle Jangle Jump

Wardell Gray - Dexter Gordon Quintet

Dexter Gordon, tenor sax; Wardell Gray, tenor sax; Gerald Wiggins, piano, celeste, organ; George “Red” Callender bass; Chuck Thompson, drums; Gladys Bentley, vocal.

Disc 2

21. Santa Claus

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Lightnin’ Hopkins, vocal, guitar; Delmar Donnell, drums..

22. Christmas Time - Part 2

Jimmy McCracklin

Jimmy McCracklin, vocal; unknown, trumpet; Wiley Kizart, tenor sax; Bob Geddins Jnr.,piano; Johnny Heartsman, guitar; unknown, bass; unknown, drums.

23. Merry Christmas Darling

Hop Wilson

Hop Wilson, vocal, slide guitar; Elmore Nixon, piano; Pete Douglas, bass; Ivory Lee Semien, drums

24. Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra

Duke Ellington, piano; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonzalves, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, saxophones; Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Andres Meringuito, Eddie Nullins, trumpets; Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown, Britt Woodman, “Booty” Wood, trombones; Sam Woodyard, drums; Aaron Bell, bass.

25. Santa Claus, Bring My Man Back

Ozie Ware with Duke Ellington’s Hot Five.

Ozie Ware, vocal; Duke Ellington, piano; Barney Bigard, clarinet; Billy Taylor, bass; prob. Freddy Jenkins, trumpet.

26. Who Do You Call That Wonderful Counsellor

Rev. Rice’s Sanctified Singers

Rev D.C. Rice, vocal; unknown vocal group; unknown, piano; unknown, brass bass; Mr Hunter,

Senior, percussion.

27. Go Where I Send Thee

Spartanburg Famous Four

Buster Porter, lead vocal; Willie Gladden, tenor vocal; Gino Dillard, baritone vocal; Richard Rice,

bass vocal; unaccompanied

28. Silent Night

The Ravens

Howard Biggs, piano, arranger; unknown, guitar; unknown, bass; unknown, drums; Maithe Marshall, lead tenor vocals; Leonard Puzey, 2nd tenor vocals; Richard Cannon, baritone vocals; Jimmy Ricks, bass vocals.

29. Christmas In Jail

The Youngsters (with Earl Hyde’s Orchestra)

Charles Everidge lead vocal; Herman Pruitt (tenor), Robert Johnson (tenor), Harold Murray (baritone), and James Monroe Warren (bass

30. Jingle Bell Hop

The Jackson Trio

Eugene Jackson, alto sax or tenor sax; rest of group unidentified.

31. Be-boppers Christmas

Cordell Jackson

Cordell Jackson, vocal, guitar. Unknown, bass; Unknown, drums

32. Santa Claus That's Me!

Vernon Dalhart

Vernon Dalhart, vocal;. Adelyne Hood, fiddle; unknown, guitar; unknown, effects

33. Don't think I'm Santa Claus

Lil McClintock

Lil McClintock, vocal, prob. own guitar

34. New “Santa Claus”

Walter Davis

Walter Davis, vocal, piano

35. Christmas Celebration

BB King

BB King, vocal, guitar; Henry Boozier, John Browning or Kennth Sands, trumpet; Pluma Davis, trombone; Lawrence Burdine, alto sax; Barney Hubert, baritone sax; Johnny Board, tenor sax; Lloyd Glen, piano; Marshall York, bass; Ted Curry or Sonny Freeman, drums.

36. Christmas To New Year's

The Larks

Thermon Ruth, baritone; Allen (Alden) Bunn, baritone; David McNeil, bass; Raymond "Pee Wee" Barnes, tenor; Eugene Mumford, tenor; accompanied by unidentified musicians

37. It's Christmas Time

The Five Keys

Rudy West, first tenor; Maryland Pierce, second tenor; Ripley Ingram, octave tenor; Dickie Smith, baritone tenor; Bernie West, bass; poss. “Virginia Joe” Jones, piano.

38. Dig That Crazy Santa Claus

Oscar McLolli and His Honey Jumpers

Oscar McLollie, vocal, leader; unidentified vocal group, unidentified musicians.

39. Ringing In A Brand New Year

Billy Ward and His Dominoes

Billy Ward, first tenor, poss. piano; Milton Merle, second tenor; Cliff Givens, bass; James Van

Loan, tenor / baritone; Jackie Wilson, lead tenor.

40. The Secret Of Christmas

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald vocal; Pete Candoli, Philip Candreva, Buddy Childers, Stu Williamson, trumpet; Murray McEachern, George Roberts, Lloyd Ulyate, trombone; Jay Corre, Chuck Gentry, Bill Holman, Ted Nash, woodwind; Mary Jane Barton, harp; David Frisina, Dan Lube, William Miller, Eudice Shapiro, Felix Slatkin, violin; Claude JR. Williamson, piano; Herb Ellis, guitar; Red Mitchell, bass; Tommy Shepard, electric bass; Jack Sperling, drums; Russell Garcia, conductor, arranger.

Blues, Blues Christmas
Volume 4

Double CD

16 Page full colour illustrated booklet with detailed discography.

Informative booklet notes by Geoff Harris of the ‘Big Road Blues Show’ WGMC Jazz90.1 sundayblues.org

Disc 1

1. Please Come Home For Christmas

Charles Brown

Charles Brown, vocal, piano with unknown: tenor sax, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, vocal group.

2. Christmas Time Blues

Roy Milton And His Solid Senders

Roy Milton, vocal, drums; Charles Gillum, trumpet; Jackie Kelso, guitar; Eddie Taylor, tenor sax; Willard `McDaniel, piano; Johnny Rogers, guitar; Lawrence Kato, bass.

3. White Christmas

The Drifters

Clyde McPhatter, tenor lead vocal; Bill Pinkney, bass vocal; Andrew Thrasher, baritone vocal; Gerhart Thrasher, tenor vocal; Jimmy Oliver, guitar.

4. Guitar Jingle Bells

Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith's Sensational Trio

Possibly: Arthur Smith, guitar; Don Reno, banjo; Tommy Faile, bass, Ralph Smith

5. Santa Claus Blues

Peetie Wheatstraw

Peetie Wheatstraw, vocal, piano; unknown, guitar.

6. Santa Claus Blues

Clarence Williams' Blue Five

Louis Armstrong, cornet; Charlie Irvis, trombone; Clarence Williams, piano; Buddy Christian, banjo;Eva Taylor, vocal.

7. Santa Is On His Way

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

Jack Loyd, vocal; Eldon Shamblin, guitar; Herb Remington, steel guitar; Tiny Moore, electric mandolin; Luke Wills, bass; Billy Jack Wills, drums; Doc Lewis, piano; Bob Wills, fiddle; Johnny Gimble, Alex Brashear, trumpet

8. Looking For Me Santa Claus

Sam Manning with The Melodettes and Felix Crazy Cats

Sam Manning & the Melodettes with the Felix Krazy Cats: Sam Manning, vocal; unidentified group.

9. It's Christmas Time

The Qualities

Unidentified vocal group; Sun Ra harmonium, unidentified g bells, wood blocks.

10. I Hear Jingle Bells

Freddy King

Freddie King, vocal, guitar; Gene Redd, Clifford Scott, saxes; Sonny Thompson, piano; Fred Jordan, guitar; Bill Willis, bass; Philip Paul, drums.

11. Champion Jack Dupree

Santa Claus Blues (take 2)

Champion Jack Dupree, vocal, piano.

12. Rudolph The Red Nosed Raindeer

The Cadillacs

Possibly Earl Carroll (lead vocalist), Bobby Phillips, Lavern Drake (bass vocalist) or J.R Bailey.

13.  Santa Done Got Hip

The Marquees

Unknown vocal group. Note: It has been suggested that one meber of this group may have been Marvin Gaye.

14. Cool Cool Christmas

Bobby & Boobie

Bobby Nunn, vocal, other personnel unknown

15. Sleighbell Rock

Chuck Blevins

Chuck Blevins with Jack Gale Orchestra & Chorus

16. Mambo Santa Mambo

The Enchanters

Probably: Alton Hollowell, lead vocals; Gerald Hollowell, Ulysses Hollowell and Tommy Wade, tenors; Jack Thomas, baritone.

17. Cowboy Santa Claus

Bill Lacey with Lil Armstrong and her Ebony-Aires

Bill Lacey, vocal; Lil Armstrong, piano; others unidentified.

18. Father Christmas

The Mighty Spoiler

The Mighty Spoiler, vocal; unidentified band.

19. Love For Christmas

Jackson Trio with The Ebonaires

Freddie Jackson, with the Ebonaires, possibly James Bradley, baritone vocals; Charles Gross, tenor vocals; John Dix, bass vocals; Norman Brooks, tenor vocals

20. Christmas in Heaven

Billy Ward and His Dominoes

Billy Ward, first tenor, piano; Milton Merle, second tenor; Cliff Givens, bass; James Van Loan tenor/baritone; Jackie Wilson, lead tenor.

Disc 2

21. Christmas Time

Little T-Bone

Little T-Bone (prob. Goree Carter), vocal, guitar; Lonnie Lyons, piano.

22. Mr Santa Claus

Nathaniel Mayer

Nathaniel Mayer, vocal; unidentified band

23. It's Christmas

Marvin & Johnny

Marvin Phillips, vocal; Emory "Johnny" Perry, vocal; unidentified band.

24. Cowboy Santa Claus

Prairie Ramblers

Possibly: Kenneth Houchens, vocal, guitar; Rusty Gill, vocal; George Barnes, elec guitar; Alan Crockett, fiddle, Augie Kilne, accordian

25. Santa Clause Rock and Roll

Kathy and Jimmy Zee

Kathleen Ann Zaleski, vocal, possibly guitar, Jim Zaleski vocal.

26.  Tell Santa Claus

Nap Hepburn & March Of Dimes

Nap Hepburn, vocal with March of Dimes vocal group; Peter Pitts, Marjorie Johnson, Alan Haynes and Laddie Laddie” Prescott

27. Christmas Eve Baby

Johnny Moore's Blazers with Frankie Ervin

Frankie Lane, vocal; Johnny Moore, guitar; probably Eddie Williams, bass or drums.

28.  A Mother, A Father, A Baby

Dixon Brothers

Howard Dixon, vocal, steel guitar; Dorsey Dixon, vocal, guitar.

29. Christmas Eve

Gribble, Lusk, York

Murphy Gribble, banjo; John Lusk, fiddle; Albert York, guitar.

30. Answer To Maple On The Hill- Part-4

Dixon Brothers

Howard Dixon, vocal, steel guitar; Dorsey Dixon, vocal, guitar.

31. Silent Night

Golden Gate Quartet

Unidentified male vocal group; unidentified, organ.

32. Children Go Where I Send Thee

The Victory Five

Unidentified male vocal group.

33. Twenty-fifth Day of December

Middle Georgia Four

Unidentified vocal quartet, unaccompanied.

34. Sweet Little Angel Boy

Ward Singers

Gertrude Ward, Clara Ward, Willa Ward, Marion Williams, Henrietta Waddy, Frances Steadman, Kitty Parham, vocals; unknown paino, organ, drums

35. A Child Is Born

Angelic Gospel Singers

Margaret Allison, vocal, piano; Lucille Shird, Josephene McDowell, Ella Mae Norris, James Davis, Ira Tucker, Beachey Thompson, William Bobo, Ernest James, vocals; unknown, organ, drums, chimes.

36. Glory Glory To The King

Ward Singers

As 14.

37. Can This Be Christmas

The Falcons And Orchestra

Joe Stubbs, lead tenor vocal; Eddie Floyd, lead tenor, Mack Rice, baritone vocal; Willie Schofield, bass vocal; Lance Finnie, vocal, guitar.

38. Christmas Is A Joyful Day

Lord Executor with Gerald Clark and his Caribbean Serenaders

Lord Executor, vocal; with Gerald Clark and his Caribbean Serenaders: Gerald Clark, guitar; unknown trumpet, violin, clarinet, piano, cuatro, and bass.

39. Happy New Year to You!

The Qualities

The Qualities: Unidentified vocal group; Sun Ra harmonium, unidentified g bells, wood blocks.

40. After News Year Eve

The Heartbeats

James "Shep" Sheppard lead vocals, Vernon Sievers, baritone vocal; Wally Roker, bass vocal; Albert Crump, first tenor vocal; Robbie Tatum, second tenor; with unidentified musicians.

Mr. Edison’s Christmas Classic
Christmas Carols, Hymns & Stories

CD

Includes Informative booklet notes by Larry Tedder of the American Sound Archive

www.americansoundarchive.com

Of all things Christmas, nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs. Songs that capture in lyrics and in music the many traditions that we have at this joyous Season: the birth of the Christ child, the Christmas tree, the opening of gifts, sleigh rides, and holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

On October 30, 1889 banjoist Will Lyle made history by recording "Jingle Bells" – the very first Christmas record. Although no known copies of this recording survive, one of the earliest vocal examples of "Jingle Bells" does survive on an Edison brown wax cylinder entitled, "The Sleigh Ride Party". It was made a decade after Lyle’s recording, and remained in the Edison Catalog for a number of years. The songs and monologues featured here are taken from the original Edison test pressings, and capture the essence of the Christmas spirit as it was in the opening two decades of the 20th Century.

1. Joy to the World

Edison Concert Band

2. Silent Night

Elizabeth Spencer & Chorus

3. Ave Maria (Schubert)

Carl Flesch

4. The Night Before Christmas

Harry E Humphrey

5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Edison Mixed Chorus

6. O Come All Ye Faithful

Metropolitan Quartet

7. Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah"

Oratorio Chorus

8. The First Noel

The Carol Singers

9. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

The Carol Singers

10. Mr. Edison's Christmas Selections - Part 1

Yuletide Ensemble

11. Mr. Edison's Christmas Selections - Part 2

Yuletide Ensemble

12. The Christmas Bells

Robert Gaylor - Bells

13. Santa Claus Proves There is a Santa Claus

Ernest Hare

14. Holiday Greetings from the Bunch at Orange - Part One

Edison Employees

15. Holiday Greetings from the Bunch at Orange - Part Two

Edison Employees

16. March of the Toys

Murray Kellner's Dinner Orchestra

17. Santa Claus Land - Part One

Vaughn Deleath

18. Santa Claus Land - Part Two

Vaughn Deleath